18 February 2014

2014 has started off excitingly. The New York Winter Antiques Show was very well attended again and our British Folk Art and Vernacular pieces were well received. RYA was featured in Roberta Smith’s Preview of the show for the New York Times  and Robert was also one of the specialist dealers selected for a video profile of the show.

This year the NYWAS celebrated its Diamond Jubilee on its 60th Anniversary and for the first time they introduced a Phoenix Award for Booth Design and we were delighted to win the Award for Best 3D Object Presentation, an honour at such a venerable and prestigious event.

In the year that Tate Britain is hosting the first National Exhibition of British Folk Art, (curated by Martin Myrone, his assistant Ruth Kenny and with the contribution and eye of contemporary artist Jeff McMmillan), Sotheby’s in New York held a record breaking auction of American Folk Art with the single owner Esmerian Collection selling for a total just shy of 13 Million US Dollars. This has inevitably brought Folk Art to the attention of a much wider public.

Excitement is already building around the forthcoming Exhibition at Tate Britain and it seems that in the wake of the 2013 Venice Biennale where “Outsider Art” had a high profile and was exhibited and discussed in a contemporary context, Folk Art is finally being embraced by the mainstream and being understood for its artistic qualities rather than any sociological interest. These are exciting and busy times for us.

Apart from the Tate Exhibition, we are now working towards our Annual Exhibition of Folk Art here in our Gallery, at the heart of the recently named “Battersea Design District”. Our show opens on Thursday 9th May at 12 noon and runs through until Saturday 17th May. We no longer host an evening preview, since many of you said it was difficult to plan to be here at 6.30p, and the works are for sale on receipt of the catalogue. However, we do try to keep all the pieces on display for the run of the show, even after they are sold, so all visitors have the opportunity to see the works in the flesh. If you would like to be added to our Mailing List, please do contact us.

Then towards the end of June we will again be showing at Masterpiece London 2014, (26th June - 2nd July 2014), this is a spectacular event which exhibits some of the most exciting and interesting works of art available on the market, in an amazing contemporary structure in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, the home of the Chelsea Pensioners. We highly recommend a visit if you have not been before and if you have been we are confident you will wish to return, (If you would like a ticket to Masterpiece, please do not hesitate to ask .

Last week RYA was selected by Judith Miller as the selected Antique Shop for her “Miller's Choice”, Judith Miller's pick of the world's best antique shops in the Telegraph Luxury online publication. Olivia Parker wrote an informed and insightful piece about RYA and our history which we hope some of you might like to read.

2014 already looks full and is inspiringly busy.





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